9 Affiliate 1 (1983-1984)

handle is hein.journals/aff9 and id is 1 raw text is: Michigan Model Judiciary Program
Receives Award of Achievement
by Daniel M. Moore
Young Lawyers Section of the
State Bar of Michigan

At the American Bar As-
sociation Annual Meet-
ing in Atlanta, the Michi-
gan Model Judiciary Pro-
gram was the recipient of
the 1983 ABA/YLD Award
of Achievement for over-
all service to the public.
The Model Judiciary
Program is sponsored by
the Young Lawyers Sec-
tion of the State Bar of
Michigan and the Michi-
gan YMCA Youth in Gov-
ernment. The program
received the enthusiastic
supportvof retired Michi- Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justi
support  frthusiastic supporter of the Model Judli
gan Chief Justice Mary S. Youth Chief justice.
Coleman, presiding Mich-
igan Supreme Court Chief Justice G. Mennen Williams,
Michigan Governor James J. Blanchard, and Phillip E.
Runkel, the Superintendent of Schools for the State of Mich-
igan. These leaders in government were instrumental in fur-
thering public recognition and support for the program.
The Model Judiciary Program was started in 1982. This
program provides high school students with a better under-
standing of Michigan's court system by enabling students
to participate in preparing assigned sample cases and by
conducting mock trials and appeals.
The Model Judiciary Program is a two-semester project.
Each high school is represented by five students-two
students acting as defense attorneys, two as prosecutors,
and one as a judge.
Each high school is assisted by a district court judge and
two practicing attorneys who act as advisors. These mem-
bers of the state bar association are responsible for the
educational guidance that enables the students to prepare
legal briefs, conduct a successful mock trial before the
district court judge in front of a student jury, and ulti-
mately, conduct an appeal.

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With the enthusiastic
support of members of
the Young Lawyers Sec-
tion of the state bar,
members of local bar
associations, and repre-
sentatives of Michigan
Youth in Government,
the high school students
handle the actual prepa-
ration of each case with
as little hands-on work by
attorney-advisors as pos-
The trials are designed
to be as realistic as possi-
Mennen Williams (right) is an en-be.Tesuntar
Program. At left is Jay Millard, 1983  ble. The students are
trained in proper deco-
rum and in courtroom
procedure for examining witnesses, introducing evidence,
and making objections. The presiding judge and attorney-
advisors are present to keep things running smoothly.
After the trial, the student-jury renders its verdict and the
district court judge critiques student performances and
suggests areas of appeal.
Appellate briefs are then filed with the Model Judiciary
Program chairpersons. In 1983 these chairpersons were
55th District Judge Thomas E. Brennan, Jr., and Daniel M.
Moore, attorney with Dykema, Gossett, Spencer, Goodnow
& Trigg, Co-Chairpersons of the Law in Education Commit-
tee of the Young Lawyers Section of the state bar, and Gary
Male and Brent Veysey, Co-Chairpersons of the YMCA
Youth in Government.
Cases were then selected for appeal to the Michigan
Supreme Court on the basis of the quality of the written
briefs and from reports of observers at the local trials. The
Michigan Supreme Court graciously allowed the use of its
chambers for argument by the student attorneys in front of
a model supreme court composed of student-justices.
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